Plus, The Afghan Whigs jam with Usher, Elementz celebrates eight years and Madison Theater's Band Challenge reaches the finals
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Eclectic Cincinnati rockers Vaughn and Company return with their fourth album, Play It Again, The Afghan Whigs cause a stir at SXSW with show joined by Usher, Elementz plans eighth anniversary party and the Madison Theater Band Challenge enters its final round.
March 17 • 20th Century Theater
0 Comments · Monday, March 11, 2013
The Whigs specialize in earnest, guitar-driven nuggets that
recall both their hometown’s jangle-laden roots and a variety of
old-school heavy-hitters, from Neil Young to The Replacements. Hey,
sometimes good taste and a rousing live show is more than enough.
Nov. 29 • 20th Century Theatre
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 27, 2012
When Tim O’Brien plays guitar, mandolin or fiddle, the
result could generally be described as Bluegrass. But it also represents
the breadth of his myriad influences and his startling ability to incorporate them into his personal
by Mike Breen
Lo-fi Garage Pop royalty, King Tuff, performs a free show tonight at MOTR Pub with Cleveland's Gap Dream. King Tuff is the pseudonym and band name of Kyle Thomas, a Vermont native now based in L.A. who, after a dozen years working of Tuff material as a side project to bands like Feathers and Witch, released the debut full-length Was Dead in 2008 and started focusing solely on King Tuff. It turned out to be a fruitful decision; Sub Pop Records signed King Tuff and put out its self-titled sophomore album this spring. Click here to read more about King Tuff, check out the official video for the recent album's "Alone & Stoned" and use the widget below to get a pair of free KT tracks to download. • Charlie Hunter is the kind of guitarist who you can watch and be mesmerized not just sonically but also visually. His unique technique (playing lead, rhythm and bass runs all at once) and adventurous style has helped him build an eclectic fan base. Hunter's involved in many projects, including his duo with drummer Scott Amendola. The pair recently released the conceptual album Not Getting Behind is the New Getting Ahead. "Our intention in making this record was to tell a bunch of stories around the central theme of the album’s title,” Hunter is quoted on his website talking about the project. "The new tunes are meant to evoke some of the things you might see in your travels through the USA these days. Scott and I wanted to think of each composition as a starting point for some kind of narrative." (Read more about Hunter and the project here.) Hunter and Amendola perform tonight at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $20. Here's the twosome performing earlier this year. • Young Southeastern Indiana Country Pop trio Jetset Getset promotes its debut album Saturday Night (which was released in early October) tonight at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill next Great American Ball Park. Showtime is 8 p.m. The trio, whose members are 14 and 15 years old, were on a Nashville TV show when retired producer/DJ Jack Gale saw them and decided to come out of retirement to sign them to his Playback Records. The group has that catchy, twangy sound that Country and Pop radio are both in love with right now, so the sky’s the limit. Jetset Getset’s free, all-ages show at Toby Keith’s also serves as a benefit for Play It Forward, the local organization formed to help area musicians in their time of need (with medical, financial and other assistance). Proceeds from the sales of Saturday Night on Nov. 7 will be donated to the cause.Here's Jetset Getset's video for the album's first single. Click here for even more live music tonight in Greater Cincinnati.
Oct. 9 • 20th Century Theatre
0 Comments · Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Rising from the ashes of Minneapolis’ Gayngs collective,
Polica is a chilly, beat-driven Electro outfit that mixes the shimmering
vocals of Channy Leaneagh with the sleek production work of Ryan Olson.
by Mike Breen
Killer triple Indie/New Wave-ish bill at Oakley's 20th Century Theater tonight
A stellar triple bill featuring an Indie fave and a pair of hot up-and-comers takes over Oakley's 20th Century Theater tonight. Tickets still remain, which is kind of ridiculous considering how ridiculously strong the lineup is. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $20 in advance (here) or $23 at the door.Chicago-based, new-wavey buzz band California Wives released its full-length debut, Art History, on Vagrant in early September to tons of glowing reviews from the likes of Paste, Rolling Stone, Billboard and even Seventeen. The band's video for "Purple" (a promo deal with Sharpie, apparently) debuted during the recent MTV Video Music Awards. Fans of We Are Scientists should approve.Also performing is Diamond Rings, the solo guise of Toronto's John O'Regan. With a look that's part Miley Cyrus with her new ’do and part Ziggy Stardust, Diamond Rings makes catchy Snyth Pop and AltRock. The new Diamond Rings album Free Dimensional will be released through EMI on Oct. 23. Here's the first single from the album, "I'm Just Me." (Read more from CityBeat here.)Canada's Stars headline the night; the group is currently touring behind its new album, The North, which came out Sept. 4 on Dave Matthews' ATO Records. The band came up as buddies of Broken Social Scene; the groups even shared members early on. But with Stars' stunning Set Yourself on Fire, the band really came into its own with an eclectic, rich, buzzing Indie Pop sound that's hard to resist. The new album adds a bit more of an Electro vibe, something gradually built upon over Stars' six album releases. Give a listen to the new album's "The Theory of Relativity" below.
by Blake Hammond
It was the first night of the MidPoint Music Festival on Thursday. This means that for at least the next three days, Cincinnati will be the U.S.’s musical Mecca of sorts. It’s not only a great opportunity for the city but also for the numerous Cincinnati acts that have been struggling and grinding for a chance at real recognition, a chance many are finally awarded this weekend. But as the calamity of festivities began to unfold downtown, The Devil Makes Three was throwing a good ole’ fashioned hootenanny of their own, 15 minutes north in Oakley at the 20th Century Theater. Before I delve into the logistics of how the Santa Cruz natives blew the top off the 20th Century, something must be said about the opening act, John Fullbright. This young man out of Oklahoma is a one-man band in every sense of the phrase. With his acoustic guitar, harmonica, and foot-stomping rhythms, Fullbright attained his own brand of back-porch folk providing the perfect setting for his raspy, southern drawl croon, heavy hitting guitar, and virtuosic harmonica skills. His best song (also his first) is titled, “Gawd Above,” which goes into great detail about how God is a needy asshole, showcased the 24-year-old’s potential, vocally and musically, and really got the crowd revved up for the headlining act, The Devil Makes Three. If you haven’t heard of The Devil Makes Three, they are a three-piece Folk band out of Santa Cruz, California that incorporates Ragtime, Bluegrass, and a Punk Rock attitude in their music. Imagine Johnny Cash getting out of prison, drinking a bottle of “Old Number 7” and going home to have sweet, unprotected sex with June while listening to Dead Kennedys records. Nine-months later, you’d get The Devil Makes Three. Even though The Devil Makes Three is used to playing sold-out shows, the smaller-than-usual crowd didn’t stop them from putting on one of the best concerts I’ve been to in awhile. The second Pete Bernhard, Lucia Torino, and Cooper McBean strummed the first chords of “Beneath the Piano,” to the encore (a cover), “St. James Infirmary,” they had complete and total control of the room, even if it wasn’t at maximum capacity (Thanks, MidPoint!)Part of their great crowd control came from the fact that their set list was meticulously thought out (probably not, but at least it seemed that way). They kept the crowd going with up-tempo fan favorites like “Gracefully Facedown,” “All Hail,” “Statesboro Blues,” “Old Number 7,” and “For Good Again” while still incorporating new slower jams like the blues anthem, “Dragging All Those Chains.”Their best track of the night, however, had to be “Aces and Twos,” for it was not only the height of the hoe-down that was happening in the crowd but was technically perfect and played blindingly faster than the studio version, despite its musical complexities. The last song they played (before the encore) is a tune titled, “Help Yourself,” which had the every patron of the 20th Century Theater doing their booze-induced jigs and solidified the fact that The Devil Makes Three had helped themselves by garnering a wider fan base in the Cincinnati area. Overall, the only think I think could have made this concert better is if they handed out overalls, straw hats and jugs of moonshine at the door. Just keep it in mind for next time, guys.
Aug. 19 • 20th Century Theater
0 Comments · Monday, August 13, 2012
In the past, Chris Robinson
has incorporated his musical influences into his original material the
way an Italian chef works four cloves of garlic into a recipe — with
total pride and absolute confidence in the distinct flavor of the
by Mike Breen
Cincinnati RCA recording artists do a little national TV promo before homecoming gig
One of Cincinnati's most successful bands making waves on a national level, Alt/Dance/Pop quartet Walk the Moon, got a nice extra plug for its sold-out homecoming concert at 20th Century Theater in Oakley a week from today (July 26). As the band prepped to play their money-shot song, the miraculously infectious "Anna Sun," on Conan last night on TBS, during the group's intro, host Conan O'Brien mentioned its hometown gig, Walk the Moon's first Cincy show since the release of its debut album on June 19 (which they celebrated by playing the same song on The Late Show with David Letterman; compare and contrast here). The band played with incredible enthusiasm once again, impressive given how much work the members have put in over the last year-plus. Walk the Moon's members received hearty handshakes from O'Brien after the song, then chatted joyfully with Conan, Andy Richter and Breaking Bad's freshly Emmy-nominated Bryan Cranston as the house band played the show off. Watch the full episode here ("Ronny Sunshine, The Incredibly Helpful Bath Salts Addict" was hilarious). Below is WtM's performance.
June 14 • 20th Century Theater
1 Comment · Monday, June 11, 2012
There are guitar slingers, guitar masters, guitar heroes
and guitar stranglers, and then there are the rare guitar icons, players
who possess a distinctive style that makes them immediately
recognizable after just a few notes. Sonny Landreth is surely among that hallowed group.